Honesty Hour: K Color Diamonds

posted 1 year ago in Rings
Post # 3
655 posts
Busy bee

Congrats on picking your e-ring!  I have a soft spots for solitaires laughing.  Everyone’s sensitivity and tolerance to color is different and some people actually prefer a warmer colored diamond.  I don’t consider myself to be too particularly color sensitive or intolerant, but a K would be too tinted for my taste.  The warmest diamond I have is a 1ct +/- GIA graded I color stud (set in white gold three prong martinis) and I can just barely see the slightest bit of tint/warmth to it upon close examination from the profile, which doesn’t bother me since it’s in my ear and the profile isn’t visible when worn.  It is matched with a GIA graded H and there is no visible difference in colors face up.  For a ring, pendant or anything over 1ct (tint is usually more visible in larger diamonds), I personally prefer GIA graded H or above.  Note that GIA and IGI do not grade equally.  GIA is commonly known as the “gold standard” and IGI is known to be softer on grading, so the lab that graded it is important since a GIA graded I usually has less tint than an IGI graded I.  Shape and cut quality also affect the amount of color a diamond displays (modern round brilliants hide color over fancy shapes and an expertly cut diamond can hide some tint as well).  GL and congrats on your upcoming engagement! 

Post # 4
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I’m not the most colour sensitive. But nor am I colour insensitive either.  I took a recent test and came out to 65 percent. Other colour tests I scored higher with colour arrangment.

I just find I generally don’t care even though I have middling sensitivity.  Bright white stones don’t attract me like they do some. Mine is an H and I like it a lot. I would wear even lower coloured diamonds quite happily if I didn’t already have this heirloom diamond already. I will never trade in my ring either and will probably not own another diamond again unless it’s a blue one.

I think your ring is lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you just need to decide what it means to you. Is high colour important to you? Some say lower colours “bother” them. If this is you then maybe later it might be worth it for you personally to trade up.

Post # 5
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I have a K set in white gold, but it’s small (0.3 ct). Tint does not bother me; I wore a poor quality diamond for years before getting this one. It was supposedly an I, but next to my K I’d put it much lower. 

I do notice slight color changes, the worst being while driving because I have an all black interior. Being color sensitive and being bothered by it are two different things. I would not trade my diamond for a whiter one; it’s plenty white to me most of the time. If I’m trading my diamond, it’ll be for size.


Post # 8
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have an I set in yellow gold, and used to wear a J before my upgrade. It’s harder for me to tell a diamond’s tint when set in yellow gold, but you you’ll very likely notice more in white gold. My new stone is not only a higher color grade, but also has medium blue fluorescence which helps combat the yellow. That combined with a much more ideal cut (HCA 1.3) makes it face up a lot whiter to me.

Here’s a picture of my .63 ct J (no fluorescence, GIA triple ex but not quite ideal):


Here’s a picture of my current .97 ct I (with fluoroscence, ideal cut):

Finally, here are two videos of my current ring! I just got my reset this weekend so have plenty of pics and videos on hand ๐Ÿ™‚



I personally loved going up a color grade, and the fluorescence adds an interesting dimension to the life of the diamond! The I color grade was a great compromise because I do love warmer diamonds, but also wanted lovely brightness.

Overall, I would ask whether your stone has any fluorescence, and also consider how well it’s cut, since ideal cut round brilliants hide body color nicely ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, what will your wedding band be? If you’re planning to have higher color diamonds in your band, it may make the color in your center stone more obvious.

Post # 9
4371 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I have a moissanite, so my opinion might be null… but I deliberately bought a Champagne colored one because I am so drawn to low color stones. 

So if I purchased a diamond, K would be the highest color I would buy! I love the depth and visual interest of the warmer stones! They appeal to me so much more than colorless stones! 

So I’m team “keep the K” ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 10
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

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newbee5 :  Thanks! You have a beautiful ring too. I hope you get to wear it soon! 

Post # 11
5131 posts
Bee Keeper

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newbee5 :  I’m also very color sensitive and always score 0 on color tests. I believe that jewelers have done a real number on people’s heads when it comes to diamond color. Lower colors are beautiful. I have an N color diamond and have received many compliments on it. No one has ever insinuated that it looks bad because it’s warm – and I worked with some of the most blunt people! Believe me, they would have said something!

Post # 13
3534 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I did a blind color test in person and was able to line up an H, I, and J in order (so I’m color sensitive).  I had a K CBI for a month and had to upgrade to an I because the tint drove me nuts.  I could still see tint in my I, but it didn’t bother me as much.  You may be able to see it, but not have it bother you.

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